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 antioxidants in skincare
We’ve all heard the term, and we try and include them in our diet as much as possible to help ward off free radicals that can contribute to disease, but don’t feel embarrassed if you aren’t sure exactly what antioxidants are or how they work!

Antioxidants are the “good guys” present in natural, whole foods including fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds to name a few.  As long as it’s natural and wholesome you can bet it’s probably a good source of antioxidants and something you want to include in your diet!

Two of my favorite sources of antioxidants include turmeric and cocoa and this is one of my favorite antioxidant rich drinks to warm my bones on chilly days and to help me feel soothed and comforted.

You’re probably wondering where your skin fits into all this, but let me explain a little more about the function of antioxidants before we dive into the amazing skin benefits antioxidants provide!

 

What exactly is an antioxidant?

In very simple terms, an antioxidant is effectively an anti-inflammatory molecule that helps to heal the body and fight off free radicals that cause cell damage and may contribute to anything from a sinus infection to even cancer!

There are 1000s of different types of antioxidants and each is unique.  You may have heard of flavanols (found in cacao), resvaratrol (found in grapes), lycopene (found in tomatoes),  vitamin A, C and E.   Antioxidants are often responsible for a fruit or vegetable's color, so eating a wide variety of whole food of different colors can make sure you are getting plenty of antioxidants! 

Consuming antioxidants through a healthy, primarily plant-based diet can help to protect your skin from the inside out, but because the skin is the body’s largest organ it’s important to apply antioxidants externally too to help address any skin care concerns and to protect the skin from external aggressors.

 

antioxidants for skinphoto by Kimber Pine

 

How can antioxidants benefit and protect my skin?

While applying a facial oil or balm can help to form a protective barrier on the skin to keep pollutants out and water in, applying a product infused with antioxidants provides benefits that extend far beyond simply adding a dose of protection or hydration. Here are a few benefits that topical application of antioxidants can give your skin:

  • They nourish the skin cells at a cellular level and infuses the skin cells with nutrients that will protect, repair and heal, not to mention leave your skin glowing with healthy radiance. 

 

antioxidants for skin

 

A few of my favorite sources of antioxidants for the skin

If a product contains raw, fresh and high quality natural ingredients, you can be sure they will be rich in antioxidants.  While our products are jam-packed with too many antioxidant-rich ingredients to mention in one post, here are just seven of my favorites!

 

Acai Berries

I didn’t think I could get more excited about a berry since the blueberry, that is, until I found out about acai berries!

They pack a nutrient punch and are brimming in potent antioxidants including vitamin C, ferulic acid, and epicatechin. These antioxidants work together to nourish the skin, fight inflammation and reduce redness, as well as protect against the premature signs of aging.  Find acai in this face mask.

 

Aloe

I especially love aloe, because it’s wonderful for soothing sensitive, irritated skin. Not only does aloe have powerful antioxidant properties due to its rich polyphenols and vitamin content, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits too, which work together to hydrate the skin and banish dryness, while reducing redness, calming inflammation and preventing acne breakouts. Find aloe in both of our toners, this face mask and this face mud

 

Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10, also known as ubiquinone, is naturally present in human cells and is a fat-soluble substance that helps to protect the cells. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and applied topically may help to reduce and prevent against UV damage, minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen production. Find coQ10 in our this facial serum, this facial oil, and this face balm

 

Elderberry Extract

This wonderful fruit is packed in phytonutrients such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and quercetin, which all offer antioxidant benefits. Find elderberry extract in all our facial oils and balms

 

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in polyphenols such as catechins, theaflavins, tannins, and flavonoids.  The catechins in green tea have shown the ability to help prevent sun damage, especially when paired with an SPF.   Green tea has also shown promise in reducing the occurance of break outs and possibly delaying the breakdown of collagen by inhibiting the enzymes that do so as we age. Find green this in this toner and in our herbal and night facial oils.

 

Prickly Pear Oil

This one sounds a little weird and the fruit is certainly intimidating in appearance with it’s mean looking spikes, but the oil derived from this fruit offers some excellent skin benefits! Prickly pear is especially high in VItamin E, an antioxidant vitamin that helps to neutralize free radicals and will aid in skin repair and prevent premature aging. 

Read more about prickly pear seed oil here.  Find prickly pear seed oil in our face balm and this facial oil.   

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known as the beauty vitamin for a reason! Not only does vitamin C help to brighten the complexion, it fights inflammation in the skin and helps to promote the formation of collagen, a structural protein essential for firm, supple skin. 

If you want to learn more about vitamin C, check out this post we wrote a few months ago.  Find vitamin C in our face balm and this toning mist.   

For an in-depth look at all our ingredients click here!

Hopefully, you are now better able to understand the hype surrounding antioxidants! Follow a healthy diet and infuse your skin with topically applied antioxidants to treat your health and your skin right, from the inside out.

March 15, 2018 by Tamryn Burgess

Comments

Heidi

Heidi said:

Seriously nothing is comparable to the ingredients you get in the rose serum and rose balm. My face is so dewy. I read your article about gua aha and just got my jade today. Can wait to use it with my rose toner and rose serum ! Awesome information for a 50 something woman who does not want any medical “interventions” . Thank you

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